What do a pigeonhole, omnibus and undertaker have in common? They were once slang terms for the vagina.
Jonathon Green, slang lexicographer and author of Green’s Dictionary of Slang, has released two timelines revealing our changing attitudes toward our genitals on Timeglider, a web-based app that enables users to share history.
The VAGINA timeline focuses on terms historically associated to refer to the female reproductive organs and associated features such as labia, the clitoris, and pubic hair. It dates back to 1250.
The PENIS timeline, on the other hand, goes back to the 1300s and focuses not only on male genitals but their various features — slang exists for large penises, small penises, erect penises, impotent penises, circumcised and uncircumcised penises.
Grab your kicky-wickies and seminaries, ladies and gentlemen, you’re in for a treat!